World News

Ecuador’s youngest mayor and her communications director were found fatally shot in a vehicle

Subscribe to Fox News to access this content

Plus special access to select articles and other premium content with your account – free.

Please enter a valid email address.

By entering your email address and clicking Continue, you agree to the Fox News Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, which include our Financial Incentives Notice. To access the content, check your email and follow the instructions provided.

Having trouble? Click here.

According to police, the youngest mayor in Ecuador’s history was found shot to death next to her staff member in a car on the side of the road in the South American country on Sunday morning.

Reuters reported that the mayor of San Vicente, Ecuador, 27-year-old Brigitte Garcia, and her communications director Jairo Loor were found shot to death in Manabi province.

National police said they were investigating the deaths, adding that the shots appeared to have come from inside the car.

The vehicle Garcia and Loor were in was rented and had a GPS system that was tracked.

ECUADOR ENCRIMINALIZES EUTHANASY AFTER A MARKET LEGAL RULING REGARDING TERRIFICALLY ILL PATIENTS

Brigitte Garcia separated

The 27-year-old mayor of San Vicente, Ecuador, Brigitte Garcia, was found shot to death along with her communications director on the morning of March 24, 2024. (Municipio San Vicente X Video)

Garcia was a member of former President Rafael Correa’s Citizen Revolution Movement party.

Ecuador is in the midst of a wave of violence that authorities blame on drug trafficking.

Correa and the party’s presidential candidate in the country’s last election, Luisa Gonzalez, called Garcia’s death an assassination attempt on X.

ECUADOR LAUNCHES manhunt after ‘most wanted prisoner’ disappears

Brigitte Garcia separated 2

The 27-year-old mayor of San Vicente, Ecuador, Brigitte Garcia, was found shot to death along with her communications director on the morning of March 24, 2024. (Municipio San Vicente X Video)

“I just found out that they murdered our fellow mayor of San Vicente, Brigitte Garcia,” Gonzalez said in a post. “I am at a loss for words, I am shocked, no one is safe in Ecuador, NO ONE.”

Garcia is the latest political figure in Ecuador to be killed.

Last August, presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio, a critic of corruption and organized crime, was assassinated as he left a campaign rally just two weeks before voters went to the polls.

ECUADOR’S PRESIDENT DECLARES ‘INTERNAL ARMED CONFLICT’ AS US EMBASSY MONITORS THREATS TO AMERICANS’ SECURITY

Brigitte Garcia separated into three

The 27-year-old mayor of San Vicente, Ecuador, Brigitte Garcia, was found shot to death along with her communications director on the morning of March 24, 2024. (Municipio San Vicente X Video)

President Daniel Noboa declared a state of emergency in the country in January following a surge in violence. In one case, armed men broke into a television station during a live broadcast.

Noboa has also designated 22 criminal groups as terrorist organizations.

While his declaration was made in January, Noboa extended the state of emergency earlier this month.

On Sunday, Noboa’s government condemned the killings and said it was working with national police to ensure a speedy investigation.

Garcia’s death came as a shock to the community of San Vicente.

“Let us always remember her indomitable spirit, her humanity and her commitment to making the world a better place,” the community wrote on X. “Shine forever, eternal mayor.” [Brigitte].”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

In one of Garcia’s most recent posts, she told her constituents that she had met with a bank to discuss the phases of a water project to supply water to her canton.

“Together we are building a better future for our community,” she wrote.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button